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Fort Lancaster State Historic Site

Open Now: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Open today: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Great side trip with an awesome view if you're Westbound!

The visitors center / museum is very well done and informative. The Fort ruins speak for themselves... read more

Reviewed April 22, 2019
Chuck B
Cornell, Michigan
Terrific quick trip from I10 to break up your journey

Easy access from I10, very interesting site with a recent remodeled visitor center that now... read more

Reviewed March 20, 2019
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A stone chimney stands among long-abandoned, silent ruins - a faithful sentinel still guarding this remote military post in the Pecos River valley. Spanning 82 acres, the site commemorates the vestiges of one of four posts established in 1855 to...more
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U.S. Hwy., 290, 629 Fort Lancaster Rd., Sheffield, TX 79781
+1 432-836-4391
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Reviewed April 22, 2019

The visitors center / museum is very well done and informative. The Fort ruins speak for themselves as to the harshness endured by the Cavalry Troops stationed here. The scenic view on the drive into the fort from the east is incredible!

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank Chuck B
Reviewed March 20, 2019

Easy access from I10, very interesting site with a recent remodeled visitor center that now includes a small but excellent museum. Very enthusiastic and knowledgable staff. You can ride a little golf cart around the site which is very entertaining. Fascinating view of a key...More

Date of experience: March 2019
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Reviewed May 17, 2017

One of a string of Southwest Texas forts to defend the Mexican border and help control Indian issue. Manned by the famous Buffalo soldiers. All ruins, no real restoration. Very nice park and visitor center. Makes a great place to get history of this remarkable...More

Date of experience: May 2017
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Reviewed April 19, 2017 via mobile

Super fun detour after we just toured Fort Davis. The young man at desk was super knowledgeable. Beautiful day and great little museum that would be great for kids! And who doesn't like driving around in a golf cart!!!

Date of experience: April 2017
1  Thank chicachama
Reviewed August 21, 2016

A little off the beaten path but full of history. We were provided with a golf cart for the 1+ mile tour, thank goodness, it was HOT out there!

Date of experience: August 2016
1  Thank jdoni1031
Reviewed August 16, 2016

If you're driving through West Texas and see the sign that says Fort Lancaster, do yourself a favor and exit. The drive from the interstate to the fort is beautiful. The two lane road doesn't get much traffic so you feel like you're the only...More

Date of experience: June 2016
2  Thank B5John
Reviewed May 24, 2016

Out in the middle of nowhere, this place appears. About ten minutes off of IH-10, it's well worth a stop. Not much there, but you really get an idea of how desolate some of the places in Texas was for frontiersmen. You can see the...More

Date of experience: May 2016
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Reviewed October 1, 2015

I came across this place on my way to Big Bend and I'm glad I did. The visitor centre is under construction currently but you can still walk around and explore. The views are quite striking too.

Date of experience: September 2015
1  Thank littlemissnuisance
Reviewed September 28, 2015

Came across this historic site by accident, well worth a visit, some refurbishment being done presently so information centre closed. Very emotive site when you know the history. After visit follow the road up to the view point for amazing view

Date of experience: September 2015
Thank Ann B
Reviewed July 7, 2015 via mobile

We'd never heard of Ft Lancaster before, but happened upon it in an article somewhere online about Ozona. So glad we did! The new visitor's center is currently under construction, and from the looks of it, it's going to be a fantastic addition to an...More

Date of experience: July 2015
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